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Multicultural Psychology Association Constitutio= n
(revised November, 1= 994)
Nam= e And Purpose
Sect= ion 1 Name. = The name of this organization shall be the
Multicultural Psychology Association of
California State University, Northridge,
herein after referr= ed to as the association.
2 Purpose. The purpose of the association shall be:
A. To consistently inspire students from underrepresented ethniccommunities and oth= er interested students to enter and make contributions into thevarious professiona= l fields of psychology and other related career areas.B. To create a family atmosphere among members that will joinhands in various outreach programs in the community an= d unite to support fellow culturalassociations and clubs on campus.
&nbs= p;C. To teach strong leadership skills through the association's Organizatio= nal structure and&n= bsp; strong work ethic.<= pre> D. To make a positive impact on the entire campus community through the as= sociation's
&= nbsp; professional and educational priorities.
student body of CSU= N, equal opportunities shall be afforded &= nbsp; all students without regard to race,
color, religion, cr= eed, gender, pregnancy, marital affiliation, sexual or affectional orientation,
age, ethnic origin, citizenship, nationa= lity, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.
1.1 The membership of the association shall be comprised of all s= tudents and alumni who are willing to
= support and accept the constitution of the association= , and who are willing to pay the required
= membership dues.
1.2 Any person duly registered at CSUN in good standing with acco= unting and register office, and
= fulfilling the membership requirements of organization= may be a member.
Section 2 Classification. Honorary members shall be co= mprised of all former Executive Board members.
Section 3 Privileges. Members shall enjoy the privilege to vote = at
association general= body meetings, hold office, serve on committees, receive the association's=
newsletter and othe= r publications, receive discounts at various association functions, andparticipate in and = benefit from any of the association's activities. Voting privileges arerestricted to CSUN = student members only.
Officers an= d Qualifications, Terms of Office, Duties=
Section 1 Officers. The officers of the association shall be the President, Internal Vice-P= resident,&nbs= p; &n= bsp;External Vice- president, Executive Recording Secretary, General= Recording Secretary,&nb= sp; Finance Dir= ector, Membership Director, Public Relations Director, Activities Director,== Marketing Director, Banquet Director, Community Service Direc= tor, and Historian. Officerstatus is restricted to CSUN student members only.
Section 2 Qualification= s. In order to qualify for and hold office in the association, and individual must:
&nbs= p;A. Be in good academic standing (G.P.A. 2.0 ev= ery semester);
B. Be a paid member two months prior to elections;
C. Acquire knowledge and a thorough understanding of the constit= ution, and standing rules of the association;
D. Be willing to perform those duties as stated in thi= s constitution for the position sought;
E. Presidency must be filled by a member who has served at least= one academic year on the Executive Board.
Section 3 Term o= f Office. Each officer shall hold office for a term of one year, to begin d= uring May, and shall
= ; hold office until a successor is elected and qualified= ; or until the officer resigns, is removed,
<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'> or is otherwise disqualified.
Section 4 Duties= . The duties of the officers shall be:
To develop a working knowledge = of Parliamentary procedures and a thorough understanding of
= span>this constitution and any other standing rules of orde= r which the association may adopt;
<= span style=3D'mso-tab-count:1'> 4.1.1 To preside at meetings of the association and act as chairperson of = the Executive Board;
4.1.2 To exercise executive authority on behalf of the associations' const= itution;
4.1.3 To countersign all checks and requisitions for Disbursements from th= e associations' treasury.
4.2.0 Internal Vice-President. To perform all the duties of the President = in his/her absence or disability;
4.2.1 To act as an advisor over the following committees' directors:
&= nbsp; -Membership
&= nbsp; -Activities
&= nbsp; -Historian
4.2.2 To act as a representative of the association as Instructed by the P= resident.
&n= bsp; of the President and the Internal Vice-President.
4.3.1 To act as an advisor over the following committees' directors:
&= nbsp; -Public Relations
&= nbsp; -Marketing
&= nbsp; -Community Service
&= nbsp; -Finance
4.3.2 To act as a representative of the association as directed by the Pre= sident.
4.4.0 Executive Recording Secretary. To inform each member of the Executiv= e Board when a special meeting
for the Executive Board is being held;
4.4.1 To keep accurate records of the proceedings of the Executive Board m= eetings and record the same
&nb= sp; in a minute book.
4.5.0 General Recording Secretary. To send out notices of special meetings= of the association;
4.5.1 To keep accurate records of the proceedings of the general associati= on meetings and record the same
= in a minute book;
4.5.2 To submit reports to the association whenever required by the genera= l body covering the status and
&= nbsp; activities of the association.
4.6.0 Finance Director. To act as chief financial officer of the associati= on;
4.6.1 To prepare financial reports for the use of the Executive Board and = the association periodically or
= as instructed by the President;
4.6.2 To take all moneys of the association and deposit the same in the na= me of the association at an
&nb= sp; agreed upon bank;
4.6.3 To make authorized disbursements upon requisition signed by the Pres= ident or, in the absence of the
= President by the Internal or External Vi= ce-President;
4.6.4 To direct the association's corporate fundraising efforts.
4.7.0 Membership Director. To keep records of all association members and = their fees;
4.7.1 To give receipts for all membership fees received and to transmit th= ose monies to an appropriate
&n= bsp; executive for deposit into the association's treasury.=
4.7.2 To be in charge of the election meeting:
1. Keep a record of all candidates interested = in running for Executive Board officers
<= /span>2. Compose and distribute all ballots.
4.8.0 Public Relations Director. To schedule events that will best assist = the membership in its&nb= sp; professional development;
=4.8.1 To enhance the membership's intellectual competence and broaden its = scope and understanding of the&= nbsp; psychology profession as a whole;
&nbs= p;4.8.2 To direct and organize panels discussing the association's mission a= nd current events.
4.9.0 Activities Director. To direct, supervise, and help arrange all soci= al activities for the association.
<= span style=3D'mso-tab-count:1'> 4.10.0 Marketing Director. To keep the public informed of all events spons= ored by the association.= This is = to be done through various school and association papers, banners, flyers, = calendars, and bulletin&= nbsp; boards. All means are subject to the approval of the P= resident or External Vice-President.
4.11.0 Banquet Director. To direct, supervise, and help arrange all activi= ties for the annual banquet of theassociation, to be held in the spring semester followi= ng elections.
4.12.0 Community Service Director. To coordinate and direct activities of the association to the= community.
4.12.1 To enhance the membership's perspectives on the vital needs of the = surrounding community.4.13.0 Historian. To keep historical records of selected programs in the form o= f reports.
4.13.1 To keep photographical history in an album to promote the associati= on's past events and efforts&n= bsp; to prospective members.
= pre>4.14.0 CSUN Faculty or Staff Advisor(s).&= nbsp; To act as liaison between the department faculty and associat= ion members.
4.14.1 The Executive Board by majority vote can elect a newadvisor(s) or maint= ain present advisor(s). The faculty or staff advisor(s) cannot vote on asso= ciation's elections= &nbs= p; or on association issues.
&n= bsp;ARTICLE IV
Elect= ions and Vacancies
Section 1 Elections. All officers shall be elected by majority vote equaling 50% +1 of the = membership at an election meeting, to &nbs= p;= be held no later than April of each year.<= o:p>1.1 Elections shall be called for and conducted by the Membership Director= who shall be disqualified from theperformance of this duty in the event that he/she is a= candidate for office.
1.2 Individuals who are members of the membership committee and who are se= eking office shall disqualify themselves from= service on the committee until the election has been c= onducted and the votes tabulated.
1.3 Voting during the election shall be conducted by secret ballot.
1.4 In the case of a member who cannot be present at the election meeting,= an absentee vote can be cast. The manner&nbs= p;in which the absentee ballot is cast is subject to the= approval of the Executive Board and shall be instituted by
&nbs= p; the Membership Director. Measures shall be taken to protect anonymity and ensure in= tegrity of absentee ballot voting.
<= span style=3D'mso-tab-count:1'> 1.5 Ballots shall be counted under the supervision of the association's ad= visor(s).
1.6 Nominations are to be submitted to the Executive Board by current memb= ers of the association no later than two weeks&= nbsp; prior to elections.&n= bsp; The names of the various candidates for office shall be announc= ed and clearly posted in a publicplace prior to elections.
<= /pre>Section 2 Special Elections. Shall be called by the President to fill vacancies in an offic= e, in the event that there are multiple &n= bsp;= candidates for the position.2.1 Special elections shall be conducted by the Membership Director, or in= the event of a vacancy in this office, a == designator of the President.
2.2 In the event that a candidate for a vacant position is uncontested, th= e candidate shall be assigned by general = ;consensus of the Executive Board.
&nbs= p;Section 3 Vacancies. Vacancies in an office shall occur by reason of resignation, removal, = or disqualification.
3.1 Vacancies shall be filled in accordance with the special elections pro= visions in Section 2 above.
3.2 The qualifications for holding a vacant office shall be as stated in A= rticle III, Section 2.= span>3.3 Members elected to fill a vacant office shall serve the remaining term= of office only.
Section 4 Run-of= f Elections. In the case of a run-off, the Executive Board shall vote to fi= nalize all officer positions for the  = ; = span>&n= bsp; following year.
Section 5 Recall= Elections. A petition of 2/3 of the total number ofmembers shall be ca= use for a recall election. The offense &nb= sp; must be in writing and submitted by a member.A recall election shall be held at the next ge= neral body meeting after presentation of the recall petition andshall be conducted = as a social election. Recall will require a favorable vote of two-thirds of= the total voting membership.
Section 1 Executive Board. The association shall retain an Executive Board comprised of the= officers of the association.
1.1 The Executive Board shall hold meetings as scheduled by the President = and shall serve as a planning body for the = ; &nbs= p; association.
1.2 The Executive Board shall exercise those powers as may be granted by t= his constitution and by the membership of the&n= bsp; association.
= Standing Committees
Section 1 Standing Committees. The standing committees of the association shall be:
&= nbsp; A. Membership&= nbsp; B. Public Relations
&= nbsp; C. Activities&= nbsp; D. Marketing&= nbsp; E. Banquet&= nbsp; F. Community Services= &= nbsp; G. Finance&= nbsp; H. Historical
&nb= sp;1.1 Each standing committee shall be chaired by a director who shall also = be an officer of the association.
1.2 The membership of each standing committee shall be comprised of associ= ation members who volunteer to serve thereon.
<= /pre>1.3 Meeting schedules and rules of order for each standing committee shall= be determined by majority vote of the &nb= sp;&nb= sp; committee.
1.4 Activities, proposals, program, and ideas generated withineach standing commit= tee shall be advisory to the association membership and shall be considered= only after theyhave been reviewed b= y the Executive Board.
= ;Section 1 General Body Meetings. General Body Meetings of the association shall be held eve= ry 2 weeks during the academic = ; year, or as deemed necessary by the Executive Board. T= he time, date, and place of regular meetings shall be= determined by the Executive Board.
&nb= sp;Section 2 Special General Body Meetings. Special Meetings may be called by the President or= by petition containing the&nb= sp; signatures of 2/3 of the membership of the association= .
2.1 Special Meetings called by the petition process shall be called within= five (5) working (school) days after the == required signatures have been secured and presented to= the President.
Section 3 Executive Board Meetings. Executive Board meetings shall be called by the Preside= nt at least twice each month&n= bsp; during the academic year.
=Section 4 Special Executive Board Meetings. Upon receipt of a petition containing the signa= tures of a majority of the&nbs= p; members of the Executive Board, the President shall ca= ll a special meeting of the Executive Board. Said meeting&= nbsp; is to be conducted within seven (7) days of receipt of= the petition.
Section 5 Standing Committee Meetings. Each standing committee shall meet according to the = schedule as determined in ARTICLE VI,= span>Section 1.3.
Section 6 Quorum= . Quorum for executive and special executive meetings shall be 45% or more = of Executive Board members.
6.1 Quorum for general body and special general body meetings shall be 25%= or more of student members.
Section= 7 Parliamentary= Procedure. Rules of procedure for this organization shall be Robert= 's Rules of Order.
= o:p>Expulsion, Suspension, and Removal
Section 1 Expulsion, Suspension, and Removal. Any member or officer of the association may = be expelled, suspended, or removedfrom office when it is determined that that member or = officer has failed to uphold the purposes of the association and/or
&nb= sp; has failed to perform the duties of his/her office as = stated herein, and/or has engaged in such other activities or
&n= bsp; behaviors that would in any way damage the good name o= f the association.
Section 2 Procedures. All acts of expulsion, sus= pension, and/or removal shall be based upon the filing of a written<= pre style=3D'margin-left:63.0pt'>complaint signed by= a minimum of five members of the association. Such complaints must be spec= ifically state the name of
the member who is t= he subject of the complaint; the alleged act; pertinent dates, times, place= s, and other information
which support the a= llegation(s) contained in the complaint; and shall state the specific actio= n requested (i.e., expulsion,
suspension, or remo= val).
2.1.0 Complaints shall be filed with the President unless this
individual is the s= ubject of the complaint; in which event the Internal Vice-President shall r= eceive the complaint. If the
Internal Vice-President is unavailable to rece= ive the complaint, it shall be filed with the Executive Record= ing Secretary.
A copy of all complaints shall also be filed w= ith the association's advisor(s).
2.2.0 The President shall announce the filing of any complaint at the next= General Body Meeting and shall make a copy of the
= ; complaint available for inspection by any member desir= ing to view the same.
2.3.0 Within fifteen (15) days following receipt of a complaint, the Execu= tive Board shall conduct a hearing and render a
2.3.1 The Executive Board shall determine the validity of all
complaints and shal= l determine the appropriate action to be taken thereupon. Such determinatio= n shall be made by a 2/3
vote of the Executi= ve Board. The voting is to occur by secret ballot.
2.3.2 All decisions arrived at by the Executive Board shall be final and s= hall be announced to the association at the next
regularly scheduled General Body Meeting.
Section 3 Hearing. Any officer or member who is the subject of a complaint shall be afforde= d a hearing during which time he/she
shall be allowed to respond to the allegations and oth= er materials embodied within the complaint.
3.1.0 A copy of the submitted complaint must be made available to the subj= ect of the complaint prior to the scheduling of a&n= bsp;hearing.
3.2.0 The Executive Board shall arrange for and schedule a hearing which s= hall be conducted between the fifth and tenth&n= bsp; day following the filing of the complaint.=
3.3.0 The officer or member who is the subject of the complaint shall be e= ntitled to be represented by another memberof the association during the hearing. No other repres= entation shall be allowed.
3.4.0 At the request of the officer or member who is the subject of the co= mplaint, the hearing shall be open to othermembers of the association.
ARTICL= E IX
= o:p>Section 1 Dues. = All members of the association shall be required to pay dues annually or ev= ery six months. The specific amount of&nb= sp; dues shall be determined by the Executive Board.
Section 2 Collection of Dues. Membership dues shall be collected by the Membership Director= who shall transmit these funds to the= Finance Director for deposit.
= o:p>Section 3 Use of= Funds. The Executive Board shall determine how collected dues shall be exp= ended in furtherance of the&nb= sp; purposes of the association.
Section 4 Fiscal= Operating Year. Fiscal operating year begins and ends in Mid-June.<= pre>
Parliamentary = Authority
Section 1 Amendments to the Constitution. Amendments to this constitution may be proposed b= y any member of the
Se= ction 2 Submission. All proposed amendments shall be submitted to the General Recording S= ecretary in writing who shall notify  = ;
&nb= sp; the Executive Board of the receipt of the same.=
Section 3 Presentation<= /span>. After notice has been provided to the Executive Board, the General = Recording Secretary shall
= ; present the proposed amendment for consideration at th= e next general body meeting.
Section= 4 Passage. Approval by 2/3 of the voting members present at a general body meeting = shall pass a proposed change. The
change shall be put into effect immediately unless oth= erwise stipulated in the amendment.
= Section 5 Filing= . A copy of any alteration to this document must be filed in the Campus Act= ivities Office at CSUN.
Ratificati= on and Enactment
This constitution shall become the official go= verning document of the organization, upon ratification by a 2/3 majority v= ote
of the membership, = and approval and acceptance by the Office of Campus Activities and the Asso= ciated Students, Inc.